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81-year-old Ron Brunner may not look like a typical weight lifter, but the Winnipeg senior is one of the most powerful in Manitoba. 

On Saturday, Brunner set a new provincial bench press record in his age and weight category as part of “The One Powerlifting Classic” event held at Glenlawn Collegiate. 

He was competing against people 70 years and older and managed to lift 71.5 lb, or 32.4 kg.

Brunner said he only started lifting weights seriously around a year ago. 

“I started with small weights, working all the way up,” he said. “Deadlift I started with 40 lb (18 kg). And I’m up to 120 lb (54 kg) now!”

Brunner lives in a retirement home and works out about four days a week. He said when he began his weight lifting journey, residents laughed at him and told him not to pursue his dreams. 

Supporters cheer on Ron Brunner …

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